'Real Housewives' Star Taylor Armstrong Finally Buries Husband Russell (EXCLUSIVE)
Almost 12 months after he committed suicide, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong finally buried her late husband Russell last Friday at a private service in Los Angeles, Celebuzz has confirmed.
Russell's cremated ashes were divided between his Texas-based family and Taylor, after a battle over where the businessman would be buried.
Taylor, 40, interned an urn with her portion of Russell's ashes at a plot in the Columbarium of Morning Hope section of the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, Calif. on August 3.
"Taylor Armstrong attended the placement of Russell's urn," a source told Celebuzz. "She was the only one to attend and left a single flower, at the site. Russell was interred in a classic cross mahogany urn."
Taylor also had a heart keepsake jewelry made with part of Russell's remains inside, the source added.
Celebuzz has learned another urn containing Russell's remaining ashes was sent to Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton, Texas, where his surviving family members, including mother John Ann Hotchkiss, wanted to bury him.
"Taylor was due to go through with the ceremony months ago but it was canceled at the last minute. She finally was able to say goodbye last Friday," the source, who asked not to be identified, said.
Russell's remains were not present when a private service was held soon after his death, a memorial that was attended by Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle and Kim Richards and Adrienne Maloof and her husband Paul Nassif.
Russell, 47, was found hanged in his bedroom on August 15, 2011. He did not leave a note, but his death was ruled a suicide after an autopsy.
Taylor, who filed for divorce a month before his death claiming emotional and physical abuse, was present when a friend found Russell's body. She and Russell had one daughter, Kennedy.
Despite the pain that Russell caused in her life, Taylor said in a February interview that she still had love for her deceased husband.
"I love him to this day and miss him terribly... the good times were the best I've ever had and the worst times were the worst I've ever had," she told the TODAY show.
Taylor now serves as the spokesperson for Nation Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In her role, she aims to “spread the word so people in dangerous relationships know there are resources so women don’t run past red flags like I did,” Taylor told the Denver Post last month.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m in the Bronx or Oklahoma (her home state), women have told me the same stories over and over. They keep holding out hope things will change. It never does. That’s something people need to really wrap their heads around. Understand the cycle and why a person stays. In season 2 (of Housewives), you saw some of the girls start to turn their backs on me, they couldn’t understand why I would keep going back.
"I try to remind people that an abuser doesn’t ask you out on a date and punch you in the face. These things happen slowly. He was going through my cellphone, monitoring my phone calls and email. That grip starts to tighten. You wake up one day in Cedars Sinai hospital having orbital reconstruction surgery, thinking, how did I get here?"
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